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Cambridge


Cambridge is a historic city in England in, that is famous for being home to University of Cambridge, one of the leading academic institutions not only in the the UK, but in the entire world. As of the 2001 census, Cambridge had a population of 108,863 people, including 22,153 students.

Visitors to Cambridge can see the many historic colleges, walk along the river Cam, or take a punt (flat-bottomed bottom pushed along with a pole) on the "backs" (the area behind the colleges). There are also several fairs held annually in Cambridge, including the Cambridge Beer Festival (in May), the Midsummer Fair, the Strawberry Fair (first Saturday in June), the Cambridge Film Festival (in July), and the Cambridge Folk Festival.

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Here are some facts about Cambridge:
  1. Cambridge is a city in the East Anglia region of England.

  2. Cambridge is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the North of London.

  3. Cambridge is located on, and its gets name from, the River Cam.

  4. Cambridge is best-known internationally, and in the UK, for being the home of the University of Cambridge, which is one of the top universities in the world.

  5. Cambridge is also known for its high technology, computer, and software industries (many of which were founded by people associated with the university). As a result, the area is sometimes nicknamed "silicon fen".

  6. Parker's Piece, a 25 acre (100,000 m2) green space near the center of Cambridge, is widely regarded as the birthplace of assocation football (soccer), as it was here that the Cambridge Rules of 1848 were first used. The Cambridge Rules subsequently became the basis of the modern rules of soccer, when these were drawn up by the football association in 1863.

  7. Cambridge can be accessed by road using the M11 motorway, and the A14.

  8. Nonstop trains run regularly from Cambridge to London Kings Cross, and have a journey time of less than one hour.

  9. London Stansted Airport is within easy reach of Cambridge. It can be reached by train (from Cambridge or London), or by road, as it is located just off the M11 motorway between London and Cambridge.


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Fodor's England 2016: with the Best of Wales (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2015-12-08
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

With its irresistible mix of storied heritage and cosmopolitan pizzazz, England attracts more than 3 million Americans each year. Fodor's England captures the most memorable sights and experiences in dazzling color, from fabulous historic houses and age-mellowed towns to cozy country pubs and London's cutting-edge galleries.

This travel guide includes:
· Dozens of full-color maps plus a handy pullout map with essential information
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· Coverage of: London; The Southeast; The South; The West Country; The Thames Valley; Bath and the Cotswolds; Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England; Manchester, Liverpool, and the Peak District; The Lake District; East Anglia; Yorkshire; The Northeast; Wales

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Oxford & Cambridge : an uncommon history

By Peter Sager

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Oxford & Cambridge : an uncommon history
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A witty and detailed map of Oxbridge, presented through an encyclopaedic treasure trove of facts, figures, and anecdotes.

"If Oxford were not the finest thing in England," wrote Henry James, "the case would be clearer for Cambridge." No other private institutions have had a greater impact on England's—and, at times, world—history, yet in different ways. Oxford has spawned more prime ministers, Cambridge more Nobel laureates. In Oxford, so it is said, things are brilliantly formulated; in Cambridge, they are seriously thought through.

Ever since the Victorian novelist William Thackeray invented a mythical "Oxbridge," these two very distinctive institutions have increasingly presented a common face to the world, a homogeneous elite whose sense of duty has been surpassed only by its self-confidence. For almost 800 years, the twin capitals of the intellectual life of England have radiated their influence across the globe: not just political leaders, but the best spies Communism could recruit; not just church leaders, but the great heretics and reformers; and writers, scientists, and scholars of every description.

Peter Sager roams through the idyllic gardens and courtyards of Oxbridge, uncovers the secrets that lie behind the college gates, and supports his literary journey with color photographs and maps, a glossary, a list of useful addresses, and a guide to further reading. Oxford & Cambridge is a unique combination of travel guide, history, biography, and psychoanalysis of two towns that are not just places but states of mind. 63 illustrations, 47 in color.


 
 
 

 
 
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